Bob Brown

Bob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course.

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Dog in the wild 

Movie | A Dog’s Way Home is a cute tale encumbered by secular values
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/10/19, 10:48 am

A Dog’s Way Home is a mostly family-friendly film about man’s best friend. But liberal dogmas drag down this otherwise sweet story.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

A mule’s errand

Movie | In The Mule, a foolish protagonist shortchanges an otherwise thought-provoking film
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/04/19, 04:32 pm

Clint Eastwood’s characters play by their own rules. Take, for instance, his unconventional gunslingers—vengeful police detective Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry) and fatherly hit man William Munny (Unforgiven). In the new film The Mule, Earl Stone (Eastwood), too, is just doing his job—although the job involves transporting illegal drugs across the country. He’s a “mule” for a Mexican drug cartel. Eastwood is at his best when his protagonists have a sense of their fallenness. Stone, though, seems oblivious to his sins.

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Sony Pictures Animation

Ordinary heroes

Movie | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spins a tale of heroism, friendship, and family bonding
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/13/18, 04:13 pm

Anyone can be Spider-Man. The new animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse defines a hero as someone who takes the opportunity to help others and perseveres through adversity.

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